Prayer is a great opportunity for Christians because it helps us grow closer to God. At its core, prayer involves heartfelt communication between us and God. Such communication fosters deep closeness. God calls and invites us to prayer and promises to hear and listen to us when we pray.
The following few scriptures show that God hears and answers our prayers.
Nevertheless, God has also laid out principles for prayer in His Word. Requirements that scripture gives us for approaching God in prayer in a way that will bring answers.
Conditions for Getting Your Prayers Answered
Here are 8 basic requirements for getting answers to every prayer and the scriptures that support them.
1. Approach God with deep submission
The life of Jesus on earth teaches us about prayer as we see how He did it. In Hebrews 5:7, Jesus prayers were heard because he approached God with god fear or reverent submission.
… when He (Jesus) had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear.
In Matthew 26: 39, Jesus submits his prayer to Gods will. By this, we understand that prayer is not a way to get our way with God but to submit to His will.
2. Have faith
One unchanging factor about approaching God is you must have faith (believe). We must believe that God will hear us as we go before Him in prayer.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)
All things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive (Matthew 21:22)
3. Go with boldness and confidence
Scripture also encourages us to go before God boldly. With confidence and without condemnation.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…( Hebrews 10:19)
We also need to be free from condemnation.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear (Psalms 66:18)
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22)
4. Pray in Jesus Name
Scripture tells us to pray in the name of Jesus. When we approach God in the name of Jesus, we are going before Him on the basis of what Jesus has done for us through the cross.
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it (John 14:14)
Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:23-24)
5. Have the right motive
God is concerned as to why we want the things we ask for in prayer. So, we must approach him without self-centeredness. The right motive for prayer is for it to bring thanks giving to God bring glory to His name.
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures (James 4:3)
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)
6. Forgive those who have done you wrong
This is another important condition to receiving answer to prayer. First of all, God forgives us because we forgive others as demonstrated in the Lord ’s Prayer.
Jesus also said that we are to forgive if we have anything against someone when we pray.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:12)
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25)
7. Ask according to God's Word
By praying according to God’s Word, you know that God will answer what you ask for because you are praying His Will. God’s will is revealed in His Word.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15)
8. Be directed by the Holy Spirit
We are to be led and rely on the Holy Spirit to pray effectively. The Spirit of God helps in our prayer weaknesses and takes over to make intercession through us according to God’s will.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27)
So, always ask and depend the help of the Holy Spirit when approaching God in prayer.
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